According to the Word of God, the tongue is a creative force. We’re going to look at many scriptures that talk about the tongue. With this post, I’m hoping to convince you of the power of words so you can be more careful with what you say.
All scriptures are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.”
– James 1:26
God Created Everything With His Words
“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”
– Genesis 1:3
“Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
– Genesis 1:6
“Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.”
– Genesis 1:9
“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.”
– Genesis 1:11
The rest of chapter one of Genesis continues like this. We see through the Bible that God created everything that exists with His words- nothing else. That’s how powerful God and His Word is. That being said, we see that we can trust His Word and that they are full of power.
The Fig Tree
“Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.“
– Mark 11:12-14
“Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.“
– Mark 11:20-24
There’s a moment during the ministry of Jesus when He curses a fig tree. And no, He doesn’t say a bad word to it. Instead, He puts a curse on it with His Words. Then, just like He had commanded, the fig tree withered up. When Peter pointed it out to Him, He told the disciples that they could remove mountains with their words if they fully believed in their heart that it will be done.
Jesus tells them, “He will have whatever he says.”
That means the words you say come to pass, whether they’re for good or for evil.
Life And Death
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.“
– Provers 18:21
The above scripture tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. This implies that the tongue actually has power, which we’ve seen from Jesus cursing the fig tree. Also, it tells us that the power of the tongue has life or death. Can you speak life? Can you speak death? Absolutely.
True life is found in the Word of God. Therefore, if we’re speaking the Word of God over our lives, we’re speaking life. However, the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44). That means, when we speak lies that we believe to be true, we can very well be speaking death over our lives and the lives of others.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.“
– Matthew 12:35
For example, the Bible tells us that Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses (Matthew 8:17). If that’s true, then what should we confess with our mouths when we start getting an itch in our throat? Should we say, “I’m getting sick” or should we say, “The Lord has bore my sickness and I am not getting sick”?
Some people may not like to do this because it seems to be contrary to what they’re feeling or seeing. However, the Word of God tells us to live by faith and not by sight (Habakkuk 2:4). We cannot trust our emotions or what we’re seeing. The only thing we should be putting our trust in is the Word of God.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.“
– Mark 11:24
Jesus tells us that when we pray, we will receive what we believe and ask for. However, He doesn’t say that we will only receive good things. That means it’s important to make sure we’re speaking only the things that would benefit us.
For example, what good would it do for someone to pray the problem? “God, I don’t feel like my problem is getting better. It seems like it’s only getting worse. Each day is more difficult than the last one. Please help me.”
Sure, in a moment of weakness that may seem like a normal prayer. Yet, the problem is we are praying and speaking that our problem is increasing. There’s no faith in that prayer. Faith would be praying the Word of God and telling Him that you choose to believe it even if you can’t see His promises yet.
The problem is there are many people who believe God that don’t understand or know the power of their words. They continue to speak death over their situation and wonder why God isn’t working. The power of God is not diminished, but there’s not an avenue for it to work.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
– Hosea 4:6
Even though some Christians and non-believers may not know the power of their words (although there are many non-believers who do know this and use it), the devil does. He definitely understands the power of words. He’s constantly at work trying to get people to speak things that will cause harm to their lives.
I know this first hand from when I was under attack from a spirit of depression. I was lamenting about all the things that were awful with my life and all the things I hated. Then, I remember clear as day, a voice in my head spoke and said, “What else do you hate?”
I thought, “Hm, what else do I hate? Oh, I know!” And I continued the vicious cycle of speaking with my mouth the feeling of hate over almost everything in my life. It sure did work. I ended up coming to a point where I no longer wanted to live. Think about it, why would someone want to live if they hate everything around them? It’s sad, but such a smart tactic by the enemy.
That was many years ago, but I still hear people speaking destructively today. I’ve had people speak extremely bad things over my children and I’ve had to cancel it with my own word. Someone would say something like, “I think that boy has speaking problems.” I would immediately cancel it out by saying, “I rebuke that in the name of Jesus.” Then, later I would pray over my children and speak God’s Word over them and ask God for His grace in areas we seem to be lacking.
I never take on these curses for myself or my children. I’ve learned the power of words and refuse to allow the enemy any area over our lives.
The enemy will try to make people confess doubt, fear, confusion, and all other sorts of evil that will pull them away from God’s perfect plan for their life. All it takes is a small seed to grow into a big tree of sin or disbelief.
Believing The Power
There are many Christians who believe that God is able to keep His promises. The enemy believes that too. However, these Christians may not necessarily believe that God will. That’s a huge difference.
Of course, most people believe God can. Yet, there are so many who believe for some reason that God’s promises are for everyone else and not them. They’ve believed the lie that they are not worthy of God’s promises. Well, we all aren’t. No one is worthy, that’s why Jesus had to be the ultimate sacrifice.
In order to truly step into the faith of God, we must believe that whatever we pray in the name of Jesus will come to pass, not that it can.
Faith can work without prayer, but prayer will not work without faith. We need to grow in our faith more than anything. We do this by continuing in the Word of God. It will change us and shape us into the character God created us to be.
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.“
– James 3:6-10
I hope you can see by now that there is tremendous power in the words we say. We can speak life or death, health or sickness, love, or hate. Yet, it’s ultimately up to us what we allow to come out of our mouths. If we call on the help of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to bridle our tongue for the benefit of God’s kingdom.
Begin to speak more of God’s Word and stay away from idle talk, gossip, and slander. Do away with harsh words and begin to use softer, more kind words. All in all, use your words for good, not for evil.
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